The Washington State University Museum of Art will host the 21st annual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition from Oct. 28. through Dec. 14. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, across from Martin Stadium on Wilson Road. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. This annual exhibition continues to bring fine art educators — present and past — together to display their impressive and innovative artistic expressions. For more information, click on

For Halloween decorators, representations of bats provide a touch of spooky ambience. But bats don’t deserve their bad rap. Christine Portfors, faculty member at Washington State University Vancouver, will present “Bats are Good Guys: Exploring Truths and Myths About Bats” at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Student Services Building lecture hall. Portfors, an assistant professor of biological sciences, will dispel popular folklore while discussing the beneficial role bats play in nature. For more than seven years, Portfors has studied how a bat’s brain processes sound and its connection to how humans process speech. For more, check

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In health care, who’s No. 1: The United States spends more than any other nation on health care, but on some measures of collective health, we lag behind other developed nations. How does the U.S. health care system stack up against those of other nations, from France to Sweden to China to South Africa? Joseph Coyne, recognized internationally for his work in health care finance, says the performance of the United States in such international rankings is affected by measures of efficiency, such as advances in medical technology vs. equity, defined in terms of access, financial contribution, and system responsiveness. Coyne is available to discuss measures of the functioning of the health care system and can be reached at or 509.358.7983. For assistance in contacting Coyne, call Barb Chamberlain, WSU Spokane Communications, 509.358.7527, 509.869.2949,

Into space, from China: Lai-Sheng Wang, a professor of physics at WSU Tri-Cities and affiliate chief scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, was born and raised in the Peoples’ Republic of China. He was in Korea recently and was able to watch China’s coverage of the nation’s first manned space mission.As a scientist, and a physicist in particular, I was very interested and excited to see this happen. There are obvious political overtones to this event, but I think this event will have some major impact on young people in China.  As we have witnessed a general decline in interest in science worldwide, China included, I hope that this event can and will stimulate interest in science by young people in China,” said Wang, the WSU Westinghouse Distinguished Professor in Materials Science and Engineering.  He is available at 509.372.7353 or